According to Steve Springer–founder of Quality at Bats Academy–Little League Baseball is the number one self-esteem destroying sport in the world.
What is the biggest mistake parents make? It’s the pressure parents put on their kids.
Steve, who is an avid tennis player, recently met the boyfriend of his doubles partner, and the first thing out of his mouth was, “I’m coaching my 7-year-old’s travel team.” To which, Springer replied, “you know that you’re coaching the number one self-esteem destroying sport in the world, right?”
The man looks surprised. “What do you mean by that?” He asked.
“Let’s say your seven year old makes an error out on the field. He wants to cry, but he can’t in front of his teammates. The other team is cheering, and he doesn’t know how to feel about that. The coach is yelling at him, and that’s you. On top of that, he has to ride home in the car with you. He’s not a pro ball-player. He wants some ice cream… he’s seven!”
Some time later, Steve Springer was in Huntington Beach watching a friend play ball with the Angels when he runs into the little league coach from a few months before. The man walks right up to Steve and says, “you changed my life!”
Steve asked, “what are you talking about?”
He responded, “when you told me my kid was playing the number one self-esteem destroying sport in the world, you hit me right between the teeth.” He said, “I was so embarrassed, I couldn’t even talk. Thank God we got interrupted. Two months later now, I’m the most positive coach on the field. When I hear another coach or a parent yell at a seven year old, I cringe. Me and my son go get an ice cream after the game. You were right!”
The guy then goes on to say that his ex-wife is hitting him up wanting to get re-married!
The game of baseball is going to beat our kids up enough. We don’t need a coach, a parent, or other teammates beating our kids up, too. Build your kids up! You want them playing when they get their “man body.”
We want them to go from playing with tension, anxiety, and pressure to playing with calmness, toughness, and focus–creating a little bit of “funness.”
To learn more about Steve Springer’s Quality At-Bats Academy, CLICK HERE!